flapping

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flapping the motion made by flapping up and down
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Quotations

  • William Jennings Bryan
    William Jennings Bryan
    “I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.”

Usage

In literature:

Between these white flaps Bunny Brown and his sister Sue went, and they found themselves inside the tent.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
Laura took the flap of the canvas in her hand.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The pelican flew off flapping its broad white wings.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
A bird rises, then, by flapping its wings, and it flies by falling back toward the earth and sliding forward at the same time.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, September 1878, No. 11" by Various
A woodpigeon rose with a sudden crash of sound, flapping away against the branches.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The flaps of the surrey closed it in.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
The canvas flap that was the door of the tent was fastened down.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The torn tails of his black coat flapped in fringes about the calves of his legs.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
The last appeared a huge shadow, his coat flapping in the wind, and I knew he must be the German first mate, Herman.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
He thrust the cowman's rifle under his own flap, but handed the latter a revolver, staring straight into his eyes as he did so.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
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In poetry:

Till at last they shall cry,
"We are the small fry,
And Britannia's the whale,
By a flap of whose tail,
If we dare to approach her we die."
"Two Songs" by Sir John Carr
ON the long slow heave of a lazy sea,
To the flap of an idle sail,
The Nancy's Pride went out on the tide;
And the skipper stood by the rail.
"The Nancy's Pride" by Bliss William Carman
Alake, alake, when the clock strikes twal,
What soun's an' what sichts are there;
When the howlet flaps wi' an eerie cry,
Through the woods o' Knockenhair!
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
You know, at dusk, the last bird's cry,
And round the house the flap of the bat's low flight,
Trees that go black against the sky
And then—how soon the night!
"On the Road to the Sea" by Charlotte Mary Mew
Oh, dim and wan came in the dawn,
And gloomy closed the day;
The killdee whistled among the weeds,
The heron flapped in the river reeds,
And the snipe piped far away.
"At The Ferry" by Madison Julius Cawein
To feel the wind, sea-scented, on my cheek,
To catch the sound of dusky flapping sail
And dip of oars, and voices on the gale
Afar off, calling low, — my name they speak!
"Land-Locked" by Celia Laighton Thaxter

In news:

AUSTIN — One of the better opening paragraphs in a news story about Texas' latest election flap came from Houston Chronicle reporter Mike Morris on Sept 11.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien wants to move on from the fumble flap.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos apologized Thursday to those hurt most by Amazon Kindle '1984' flap: the company's customers.
Bras flap in breeze to raise breast cancer awareness.
NASCAR buzzing after flap in Phoenix.
Kalamazoo Gazette file The flap continues over this week's letter to the editor of a Calgary newspaper.
Catcher Josh Thole, who was outspoken a year ago about the so-called " Cap Flap," said the players accepted this year's decision.
Chemist in drug test flap is arrested.
Forrester calls for Haslam's texts with DesJarlais over affair flap.
What should we make of the flap over Richard Gonzalez, the Abbott Laboratories executive and the 'administrative error' that mysteriously credited him with a pair of degrees that he apparently never earned.
Without the cuff links, my shirt cuffs would have been flapping in the breeze.
Colo AG defends himself in informant flap .
Komen exec quits after funding flap .
Wayne County judge placed on leave over sex flap .
Judge approves FTC's $22.5 million fine of Google to settle Safari browser privacy flap .
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In science:

On the pitch is affected by other inputs: the position of thrust lever ݔଶ (t), the angular position of the flaps ݔଷሺݐሻ and angular position of the stabilizer ݔସ (t).
Suppression of random noise by the separation of frequencies
Transition from ciliary to flapping mode in a swimming mollusc: Flapping flight as a bifurcation in Reω . J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
With a transit time through the boundary layer of about two minutes we arrive at a thickness of 12000 km. In the case that the magnetopause is flapping back and forth during the two minutes, this thickness is overestimated.
T.I.P.O. (Tesla Interferometric Planetary Observer)
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